It's Punky Brewster

It's Punky Brewster is a 1985-1986 animated spin-off of the live action television sitcom Punky Brewster. It was animated by Ruby-Spears Productions.[1] The show uses the same premise and main cast as its parent series, but also includes a magical sprite named Glomer.[2] 26 episodes were produced over two seasons.[3]

Punky Brewster
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Based onPunky Brewster, created by David W. Duclon
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Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Executive producers
Running time30 mins.
Production companies
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) –
December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)


The series featured the voices of the original Punky Brewster cast as their respective characters. A new character, Glomer (voiced by Frank Welker), was added as the "leprechaun gopher". He came from Chaundoon, a city at the end of the rainbow and possesses various magical powers. One such power was the ability to transport Punky and her friends, Margaux, Cherie, and Allen, and at times her dog, Brandon, to any part of the Earth instantly. Some episodes included Glomer having to correct his own mistakes, as when he plays around with magic and transforms Henry into a statue of Julius Caesar. It's Punky Brewster is the series' unofficial name (Punky when the show first premiered[4]); on the title card and in TV listings, it was simply called Punky Brewster.

In season 2, shows 4 through 13 had a first-run episode and a repeat from the first season. The series was canceled in September 1987, but reruns returned from October 1988 until September 1989 after NBC's live action pre-teen show 2 Hip 4 TV was cancelled. The show was syndicated as a revolving feature of Maxie's World during the 1989-1990 season.


Season 1 (1985)Edit

Ep Title Original air date
11"Punky to the Rescue / The Quartersize Quarterback"September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14)

  • Punky to the Rescue: Punky persuades Henry into taking a photography job over a Florida swamp. She and the gang tag along (thanks to Glomer) and she thinks Henry may get caught by a swamp monster.
  • The Quartersize Quarterback: Glomer gives Allen the abilities of a professional football quarterback.
22"The Gold Rush / Phar Out Pharaoh"September 21, 1985 (1985-09-21)

  • The Gold Rush: Bad Barney was a leprechaun who was deported from Chaundoon for his evil ways and trapped inside a plate. He tricks Glomer into freeing him by lying he has the means to get Glomer home, and Punky must return him to his imprisonment.
  • Phar Out Pharaoh: Glomer takes the kids to ancient Egypt to return a necklace Margaux has. She is mistaken for an Egyptian princess.
33"Pretty Ugly / Glomer's Story"September 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)

  • Pretty Ugly: Just before a fancy party at the Bigelow estate, Glomer turns Margaux's face into a glomley one.
  • Glomer's Story: Punky recalls the day she met Glomer.
44"Brandon the Dialogue Dog / Winning Isn't Everything"October 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)

  • Brandon the Dialogue Dog: Glomer gives Brandon the gift of gab. A magazine writer sees this and tries to get rich off him.
  • Winning Isn't Everything: Punky and her pals scheme to win a TV set at a department store contest.
55"Punky Wise and Pound Foolish / Christmas in July"October 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)

  • Punky Wise and Pound Foolish: Punky buys a baseball glove with the money she was supposed to use for Brandon's license. He is locked in a pound and subsequently sold to a rodeo clown.
  • Christmas in July: It is summer, and Punky is eyeing a skateboard. She has Glomer take everyone to Santa's workshop, but she causes an accident which causes it to snow all over the world! Glomer must track down Santa, who is vacationing on a tropical island, and get him to set things right. Since his elves are also on vacation, Punky is conscripted to help him, and she learns how hard he works.
66"Return to Chaundoon / A Small Mistake"October 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)

  • Return to Chaundoon: The rainbow gateway to Chaundoon appears, and Glomer can finally go home. Glomer takes Punky with him only to find his parents, along with all the other residents of Chaundoon, asleep due to the town's clock being stolen.
  • A Small Mistake: Glomer's beverage makes the kids shrink.
77"Halloween Howlers / The Perils of Punky"October 26, 1985 (1985-10-26)

  • Halloween Howlers: Glomer spends Halloween with Punky and the kids. He turns everyone who doesn't give him a treat into a jack-o-lantern.
  • The Perils of Punky: Glomer transports the kids into an adventure movie.
88"Glomer Punks Out / Louvre Affair"November 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)

  • Glomer Punks Out: A sleazy record producer wants to sign up Glomer's musical act.
  • Louvre Affair: Glomer fools around and turns Henry into a statue of Julius Caesar, which is sent from Chicago to Paris. Problems worsen when the Louvre's curator declares him a forgery, and Punky must save Henry before he is smashed to pieces.
99"Growing Pain / Double Your Punky"November 9, 1985 (1985-11-09)

  • Growing Pain: Pepperoni pizza makes Glomer grow. Punky tries to find a way to reduce him before the National Guard is deployed to Chicago.
  • Double Your Punky: While Punky is at a school picnic, Glomer creates a clone of her from a photograph to keep him company at home. But it is obnoxious, and he accidentally zaps the real Punky back into the photo. When the two Punkys finally lock horns, it's Brandon who sniffs out the real one.
1010"Spellbound / The Shoe Must Go On"November 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)

  • Spellbound: Punky is in Washington, DC for the National Spelling Bee, where Glomer zaps a bee with the ability to make people spell out words.
  • The Shoe Must Go On: Glomer makes Cherie a pair of shoes that help her to dance. School diva Leonora Crump wants them for herself.
1111"Switchin' Places / How the Midwest Was Won"November 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)

  • Switchin' Places: To impress a girl, Allen switches bodies with Glomer.
  • How the Midwest Was Won: Punky and Allen have been protesting urban sprawl, and wants to see a nicer time before urbanization, so Glomer takes them to Chicago of 1803. There a man named Pierre LePelt is campaigning to stop a much smaller Chicago from expanding, earning the kids' admiration. Little does Punky realize Pierre LePelt is actually a poacher whose campaign is actually to continue hunting furs and pelts of the dwindling animal population.
1212"Any Wish Way You Can / The Bermuda Tangle"November 30, 1985 (1985-11-30)

  • Any Wish Way You Can: The wish spell Glomer intended for Punky hits Margaux instead. She wishes to be Queen with the others being her servants.
  • The Bermuda Tangle: In the dead of winter, Glomer takes the kids to a tropical island then loses his powers after getting hit in the head with a coconut.
1313"Unidentified Flying Glomer / Fish Story"December 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)

  • Unidentified Flying Glomer: A pet groomer pursues Glomer after seeing him chasing a bird.
  • Fish Story: To help Punky win the role of a mermaid in a school play, Glomer turns her into an actual one.

Season 2 (1986)Edit

Ep Title Original air date
141"Little Orphan Punky / Punky's Millions"September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13)

  • Little Orphan Punky: Glomer fools around with his magic and makes animals run wild through Punky's home just as social services visits, causing Henry to be declared an unfit guardian. She gets placed into a new home run by an old lady who owns a candy factory, where she uses foster kids as slave labor. One of Glomer's spells to free her backfires, resulting in her being stranded atop a TV tower during a lightning storm, causing this to be put on the news and a crowd to look in shock. The only one willing to scale the tower to rescue Punky is Henry.
  • Punky's Millions: Based on Brewster's Millions; Henry and Punky compete on a game show and are told they can win millions if they spend $1 million in a week. However, they can only spend so much on each expense, so they must get creative in different ways, such as Glomer making a racehorse lose and Punky finding different ways to help out an orphanage owned by a Catholic priest.
152"Punky, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves / Punky the Heiress"September 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)

  • Punky, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves: Glomer brings the characters from the "Snow White" story out of the book.
  • Punky the Heiress: Punky's step-aunt and step-uncle use her to embezzle an heiress' fortune.
163"Fair Feathered Friend / Be My Glomley"September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)

  • Fair Feathered Friend: Glomer is jealous of a little bird Punky is nursing back to health.
  • Be My Glomley: A female glomley may be the key to Glomer's return to Chaundoon.
174"All in Henry's Family"October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
Henry visits his eccentric sisters, bringing Punky and Cherie with him. This is the only segment in the series that Allen and Margaux do not appear.
185"Call Me Ms."October 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
Henry is going out of town on a business trip and hires a nanny to housesit, annoying Punky who thinks she no longer needs supervision. She asks Glomer to turn her into a full-grown woman, only to find herself unrecognized by her friends and a fish out of the water in the adult workforce.
196"Punky P.I."October 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
Punky opens a detective agency at school.
207"Mississippi Mud"October 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
Glomer takes the kids to a turn-of-the-century riverboat in Mississippi.
218"Punky's Little Acre"November 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
Margaux makes a mess of things at Punky's pen pal's farm.
229"Camp Confusion"November 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
It's Camp Tumbleweeds vs. Camp Towering Pines in athletic competition.
2310"Bright Eyes"November 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
Cherie's deaf friend, Danny, wants to keep a lost puppy.
2411"Mother of the Year"November 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
Tensions arise when Glomer creates a glomley-fueled mother for Punky.
2512"Allen Who?"November 29, 1986 (1986-11-29)
Glomer grants Allen's wish of never having been born.
2613"Caught in the Act"December 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
After Henry spots him in the kitchen, Glomer gives him amnesia just before an important photography assignment.


Additional voicesEdit

Home mediaEdit

The show was released on VHS in 1991, and several different tapes were made.

The series is available on DVD as part of the Punky Brewster DVD releases.[5][6][7] Each season also contains a certain number of episodes from it as a bonus feature. Due to music rights issues, "The Shoe Must Go On" is the only episode not released on DVD in the season box sets released by Shout! Factory; a song featured in that episode was "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer, the theme to Beverly Hills Cop.[citation needed]

Popular cultureEdit

  • The series was parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "But Not In That Way" (aired February 8, 2009) with Soleil Moon Frye reprising Punky Brewster, Henry Warnimont voiced by Seth Green, and Glomer voiced by Tom Kane.
  • Susie Garrett, who played Betty, and T.K. Carter, who played Mike, are the only regular cast members of the sitcom that did not appear in the series.


  1. ^ ""It's Punky Brewster" (1985) - Company credits". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 305–306. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 57. ISBN 9781476672939.
  4. ^ "Saturday Morning programs". Reading Eagle. September 8, 1985. Retrieved 2019-09-14. Move to the left for Saturday morning listings.
  5. ^ "Punky Brewster DVD news: It's a Punky press release". 2006-05-05. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  6. ^ "Punky Brewster: Season Two : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  7. ^ "BBC - Comedy Guide - Punky Brewster". Archived from the original on 2005-01-26. Retrieved 2016-02-21.

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